Dear Readers,

The time has come for me to say goodbye to both you and this blog, at least for now.  As many of you know this has been a completely volunteer effort with the goal being to encourage librarians from everywhere to travel and work beyond their borders.  I spent fourteen years of my life doing just that and it enriched and expanded me both personally and professionally. While I still completely believe in this mission, it is time for me to focus on other goals in my life, although I am not yet clear exactly what will be next…

This blog will continue to be hosted and available as searching the archives can be useful when researching potential positions. I will also continue to update my book: How to Become a Traveling Librarian as well as the Book Resources page.

I wish everyone, as always, safe travels.

Kind regards, Sarah P.


Job: Head Systems Librarian

11.6.17 – Head Librarian: Systems
University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica

Sarah P’s comments:  I do not personally know anywhere who has been employed here but here the Glassdoor reviews which are generally positive.  FYI:  This is the fourth position they have posted this year.

Application Due:  Open Until Filled

Salary:  30000 to 40000 USD Per Year

The University of the West Indies (UWI) is a dynamic, international institution serving the countries of the Commonwealth Caribbean. Its faculties offer a wide range of undergraduate, masters and doctoral programmes in Humanities and Education, Science and Technology, Engineering, Law, Medical Sciences and the Social Sciences. At 68 years old, the institution represents the oldest of its kind within the region and has been responsible for producing outstanding leaders who have aided in catapulting regional development.
The successful candidate will be responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for deployment of technology in the Mona Library including digital initiatives and the Library’s management systems.

The ideal candidate will possess the initiative, flexibility, and creativity to manage projects both independently and as part of a team in a dynamic work environment. The candidate should be able to handle complex, detailed systems work while maintaining a positive, service-oriented attitude. Key responsibilities will include:

· Having overall responsibility for the Mona Library’s information technology systems and services;
· Having energetic leadership in library digital initiatives, the development of the Library Integrated System and related products as well as web initiatives;
· Assisting in the formulation and implementation of strategy, policy and procedures, particularly in terms of ILS management and library automation;
· Working in conjunction with MITS (Mona Information Technology Services) in the provision of ICT to the libraries including general desktop applications, network and wireless infrastructure;
· Working in conjunction with other UWI Campus Libraries in joint initiatives such as the University Institutional Repository, Research Databases and the Single Virtual University Space.
Essential Qualifications and Experience:
· Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies or equivalent;
· Five (5) years’ experience in a supervisory position in Systems related environment;
· Experience with the use of advanced technologies in providing library services.

Preferred Qualifications/Experience and Abilities, Skills And Attributes:
· Qualifications in Computer Science, Information Science, or Information Systems would be a distinct advantage.
Applicants are required to submit a resume giving full particulars of qualifications, experience, the names and addresses of three (3) referees (one of whom should be from your present organization) and copies of academic qualifications. These should be sent by electronic mail to addressed to the Campus Registrar for the attention of the Director, Human Resource Management Division, The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Kingston 7, Jamaica. The final date for receipt of applications is November 27, 2017. Applicants are advised to ask their referees to send reports under confidential cover to the above address without waiting to be contacted.
The University thanks all applicants. However, due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus…… Inspiring Excellence, Producing Leaders


Postal Address:
Human Resource Management Division
The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus
Human Resource Management Division
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Job: Information Management Assistant

10.29.17 –  Information Management Assistant (G-5)
United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA


Posting Title: Information Management Assistant (Temporary Job Opening), G5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Office of Human Resources Management
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 24 October 2017 – 30 October 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Information Management Systems-DM OHRM-87293-J-New York (T)
Staffing Exercise
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Special Notice

This temporary position is available from mid November 2017 for a period of 16 weeks subject to availability of funding.

This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application. Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test in English at the United Nations Headquarters, Economic Commission for Africa, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, United Nations Office at Geneva, United Nations Office at Vienna, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; or the United Nations Accounting or Statistical Assistant Examination at the United Nations Headquarters may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.


• A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.

• Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as “retirement.” Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.

• The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.

• Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

• For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.

• The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at:

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.

• Staff members are not eligible to apply for the current temporary job opening if they are unable to serve the specified duration of temporary need before reaching the mandatory age of separation. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Personnel Records Unit, Learning, Development and HR Services, Office of Human Resources Management. Information Management Assistant will report to senior Information Management Assistant.


Within delegated authority, the Information Management Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:

Archives and Records Management
•Creates Official Status Files for newly appointed staff members;
•Provides standard and PRU-specific applications support and Unite Docs troubleshooting for Headquarters Deployment Group (HDG) staff.
•Conducts end-user training relating to requesting official status files through Unite Docs.
•Provides initial technical support and guidance to end-users and identifies areas where improvement or modifications are needed.
•Registers Section’s incoming and outgoing records in electronic record keeping system.
•Maintains Unit’s paper-based and electronic central file system by creating new folders, applying disposition instructions and tracking file circulation.
•Participates in records management projects in Secretariat offices, assembles records and creates electronic file lists in preparation for records transfer and arranges for their transportation
from UNHQ to Offices away from Headquarters.
•Carries out quality control functions for incoming and outgoing official status files and document to be filed.
•Assists with training of the temporary staff and covers supervisor’s duties in their absence.
•Assists in accessioning, disposition, description, and database updating activities as they relate to Section records-related projects.
•Performs clearinghouse functions such as records inventory/archiving projects and carries on various duties such as: performs researches in HR and unit’s databases to determine which files are to be archived, analyses retention schedules, assembles records, creates electronic files list, updates information in unit’s electronic record keeping system and coordinates transfers of records to ARMS.
•Supports disposition operations by liaising with records-originating offices on transfer procedures and documentation;
•Creates and maintains manual accession records and provides information to other Section staff in support of reference and archival arrangement and description activities.
•Oversees internal records retrieval, loan, reproduction and staff clearance operations.
•Supports external reference services by drafting routine responses to inquiries, including records reproduction transmittals, for approval of HR Officer.
•Participates in maintaining the Unit’s reference database.
•Participates in discussions and meetings on creation of digital records, reorganization of Unit’s work processes, files management and record keeping.

Liaises with document processing services with respect to preparation, reproduction and distribution of documents and publications.
Orders and follows-up on shipment of documents, reference materials, stationery and necessary equipment to various sites.
Provides document delivery services as required.

Conducts research as requested by more senior staff using Umoja and Unite Docs.
Provides relevant technical support to users of information services.
Provides administrative support for the Unit and undertakes other duties as assigned.


Professionalism: Knowledge of records management, electronic record-keeping, archiving and document management. Ability to undertake research, maintain records in a systematic fashion and to retrieve necessary materials with maximum speed and accuracy. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


High school diploma or equivalent.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in archiving, record-keeping, document management, library, information management or related area is required. Experience in managing personnel records is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.

Jobs: School Librarians

10.25.17 –  School Librarian Positions
TesJobs, UK


Sarah P’s comments:   Fall is the time to begin to apply for international School Librarian positions. Although TIE (The International Educator) is US-based, TES is UK-based and free! They do tend to feature schools which offer the British National Curriculum and/or the IB (International Baccalaureate) however I have known folks to ‘cross over’ and my recommendation is to try and gain experience in as many systems as possible. By the end of my career, I could list 4 different curriculums and knowing them helped me to become a better librarian and educator (not Teacher-Librarian!)  For more info about t\his subject, please read Chapter 3 of my book and/or visit the Book Resources page.

TES currently has four jobs listed:

Job details   
Employer  HEAD OF LIBRARY Tanglin Trust School
Location Singapore
Contract type Full Time
Contract term Fixed Term
Job dates
Posted  Ad expiring tomorrow
Closing date
Job starts August 2018


Employer  UPPER SCHOOL LIBRARIAN Harrow International School Bangkok
Location Thailand
Salary Competitive and full package
Contract type Full Time
Contract term Fixed Term
Job dates
Closing date
Job starts August 2018
Employer   HEAD OF LIBRARIES North London Collegiate School Jeju
Location Korea
Contract type Full Time
Contract term Fixed Term
Job dates
Closing date
Employer  LIBRARIAN Wellington College Bilingual Shanghai
Location Pudong, Shanghai
Contract type Full Time
Contract term Fixed Term
Job dates
Posted  New this week
Closing date
Job starts Aug 2018

Job: Assistant Librarian I

10.25.17 –  Assistant Librarian I (Learning Services Manager)
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

(Ref. 17000242) (Closing date: November 19, 2017)

Learning Services at CUHK Library encompasses the digital/information literacy training and support services for undergraduates and other users at CUHK. It is also responsible for the Learning Garden, a highly innovative space which provides facilities to support informal learning activities as well specific services such as 3D printing. Proposals are underway for further enhancement and development of services in this area.

Applicants should have (i) a good university degree plus a recognized professional qualification in library and information science OR related disciplines; (ii) at least six years’ post-qualification relevant experience, three years of which are at supervisory level; (iii) sound knowledge and understanding of digital/information literacy approaches in a University setting; (iv) knowledge and experience in delivering programmes and services particularly for undergraduate users focused around digital/information literacy; (v) demonstrated ability to work collaboratively within the Library, with faculty members and university administrative departments; (vi) excellent written and oral communication skills; and (vii) proficiency in Chinese is desirable.

Reporting to the Head of Learning Support, the appointee will (a) design and implement a programme of events and workshops in both Learning Services and Learning Garden; (b) promote and enhance digital literacy training and activities in Learning Services; (c) manage and develop  the operation and facilities of the Learning Services and Learning Garden, including staff supervision; (d) work closely with Branch Librarians, coordinating learning support activities across CUHK; and (e) undertake other assignments and projects. Evening and weekend shift work is required.

Appointment will initially be made on contract basis for two years, renewable subject to mutual agreement.

Application Procedure
The University only accepts and considers applications submitted online for the post above. For more information and to apply online, please visit

Job: Manager, Collections & Information Services

10.25.17 – Manager, Collections & Information Services
KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

Sarah P.’s comment:  Be very careful of accepting a contract in Saudi Arabia. I worked in Saudi Arabia and did actually enjoy my time there. However I did my research before I applied. While there are some reputable companies, colleges, and schools please be aware that you are at the mercy of the institution which hires you.  KAUST has very mixed reviews and like many places in Saudi, was started with great promise and has fallen, especially with the recent economic downturn there (this is the first time job to be posted since May of 2016).  If you do apply know that it is a long and tedious process with very little logic as to who is chosen. Google ‘Kaust’ and ‘reviews’ for more info.

Position Summary
The Manager of Collections & Information Services main responsibilities are to:
• Provide strategic planning and implement innovative and effective library services in support of student and faculty research, learning and knowledge sharing.
• Manage a specialist team of collections development, instructions, e-resource management, acquisitions, access and resource sharing.
• Identify and develop new programs and services in response to stakeholders’ needs and in consideration of technology change and development.
• Serve as chief liaison for library subscriptions, license agreements; publisher, faculty, students and researcher relations.

Major Responsibilities
• Creates department strategy, then develops, assesses, and manages services and programs with ongoing input from key stakeholders at all levels of the organization and throughout the University.
• Participates in the development of the University Library’s vision and responds to the changing needs of the KAUST community; as well as participates in system-wide planning, policy development, and resource allocation.
• Manages, develops, supports the department’s employees; oversees the whole operations of the department, and reports on the work of the department.
• Sponsoring and/or leads cross-unit functional projects to ensure goals and projects are completed according to scope, timeline and budget.
• Manages the relationship with internal/external parties in regards to subscription licenses, service level agreements and other documents to maintain a sustainable and seamless access to Library resources and services.
• Oversees collaborations with Academic and Research communities through the subject librarians, instruction and collection development programs.
• Contributes to and represents the interests of the University Library in regional and international initiatives; seeks partnerships and collaborative service and research opportunities.
• In collaboration with the Library management and other stakeholders, provides active learning spaces and with collaborative workspaces for interdisciplinary discussions.
• Performs other duties and undertakes special projects as assigned by the Library Director.

• Minimum five years of progressive people management experience in areas of acquisition and collections development, library instructions, e-resource management, reference services and access services;
• A broad view of library and university scholarly communication issues;
• An excellent understanding of advanced information technologies and their application, current developments and trends;
• Proven project management experience and a demonstrated ability to estimate scope of a project and bring it to completion on time and budget;

• Prior experience working in an academic research library, library consortium, or library services organization;
• Prior experience in a multi-cultural environment;
• Significant participation in professional associations and/or relevant publications;
• Successful record of developing and initiating new programs.

• Proactivity, flexibility, decisiveness, problem solving, the ability to network, and staying informed about library developments and trends.
• Ability to effectively communicate issues and solutions to a diverse set of stakeholders;
• Demonstrated leadership style that promotes teamwork and consensus building.
• Demonstrated commitment to providing outstanding customer service to internal and external stakeholders.

MLS or MLIS degree from accredited programs

Additional educational or research qualifications in science disciplines

Apply now at

Jobs: International School Librarians

10.21.17 –  Now is the time to begin to apply for international school librarian positions. The recruiting season has been moving earlier and earlier each year and, with the first of the international recruiting fairs just around the corner, positions are beginning to be posted.

School Librarianship is the area where the most international positions are listed and thus is the easiest way to break into international work. While it is still a good idea to join an agency and be vetted, the majority of schools are now advertising on TIE and accepting direct applications.

Currently, The International Educator (TIE) currently has 12 positions listed. Many, but not all, require media certification as well as a master’s degree. For more information about this market please join TIE and also review Chapter 3 of my book.

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